CMS mapping tool on prescriptions helps communities fight opioid crisis
This Commentary is written by Jean Moody-Williams, regional CMS administrator Leveraging community partnerships and critical data is one of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ key strategies to help tailor prevention and treatment efforts to combat the opioid crisis, particularly in rural communities. With that aim, CMS launched... Read more
Maternal death rate is a problem that needs a factual approach
This Commentary is written by Dr. Michael Lindsay and Dr. Jane Ellis of  Emory University School of Medicine A recent article in a local publication was headlined “Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in the U.S., worse now.” While the problem of maternal mortality is very real –... Read more
Rural birth centers would help many Georgia women
This Commentary is written by Helen Baker, Priscilla Hall and Jennifer Vanderlaan As of July 1, 2018, people in rural counties in Georgia can receive local hospital services through micro-hospitals. Although these 24-hour emergency units with less than 10 inpatient beds will help improve access to many types of... Read more
Every Independence Day, we Americans reflect on our history, including the history of our presidents. This year, many of us will also be reflecting on health care issues because the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act came just before the holiday. The Georgia Health News staff thought... Read more
By Bernard Hammes and Nancy Desmond Ten thousand baby boomers a day are turning 65 starting this year, setting in motion an incredible demand on America’s health care system as seniors utilize Medicare like never before. The average man today can expect to live to age 76, and a... Read more

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